The Ideal Man, by Julie Garwood

Release Date August 9th, 2011

from the publisher:

Dr. Ellie Sullivan has just completed her residency at a large urban hospital. While jogging in a park nearby, she witnesses the shooting of an FBI agent in pursuit of wanted criminals, a couple identified as the Landrys. The only person to see the shooter’s face, Ellie is suddenly at the center of a criminal investigation.

Agent Max Daniels takes over the Landry case. A no-nonsense lawman, he’s definitely not the ideal man that Ellie has always imagined, yet she’s attracted to him in a way she can’t explain.

Ellie heads home to Winston Falls, South Carolina, to attend her sister’s wedding. Shortly after she arrives, though, she receives a surprise visitor: Max Daniels. The Landrys have been captured, and she’ll be called to testify. But they’ve been captured before, and each time the witnesses are scared into silence—or disappear before they can take the stand. Max vows to be Ellie’s shadow until the trial, and it isn’t long before sparks fly


This was my first Julie Garwood novel. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t good either.

My first reading loves are thrillers/crime drama and Paranormal and Romantic Suspense. The premise of this novel sounded wonderful, but it was heavy on the relationship and lacking in the suspense and plotting.

Julie Garwood writes very well, I enjoyed her descriptions of people and places, it wasn’t an overly wordy novel, which I like. I can’t entirely put my finger on why this novel bothered me. Our heroine Ellie is a prodigy, gorgeous and the best at what she does, trauma Surgery. She didn’t have any flaws that were portrayed, other than being a doormat for her family.
The hero Max,was OK. Nothing particularly awesome about him, he was sexy, gruff and demanding.

The climax of this story was over and done with in two pages.
There were two congruent villains. One, a creep who has been stalking her since she was 11, and the new hit man after she witnessed an FBI agent getting shot.

It was too much. Had the plot just been about one or the other and explored further it would have been better. As it was, I felt disconnected to the heroine, and only slightly sympathetic to the beating she received from her stalker when she was 12. The hit man plot was a joke for the most part.

I would likely read more by this author, but probably not after I read more reviews.


About Erika @ Badass Book Reviews

Mom to four by day, Book Review blogger by night. I read Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance a little Historicals

Posted on March 31, 2011, in Advanced Reader Copies, Romantic Suspense. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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